Weekend Before Fat Tuesday.The weekend prior to Mardi Gras is when things really start to heat up. The population of the city reputedly doubles during this time. Thursday night starts off with an all female parade, The Krewe of Muses. Friday features the Krewes of Hermes and D'État, as well as smaller, neighborhood parades like the Krewe of Barkus (features dog costumes) and the Krewe of OAK. Saturday and Sunday feature daytime parades and the first major Krewes kicks off with the celebrity-led Bacchus parade on Sunday night.
Lundi Gras.Otherwise known as Fat Monday, Lundi Gras is the series of parades that precede the final festivities the following day. The monarchs of the oldest and most influential Krewes arrive by boat on Canal Street, where an all-day party is staged. Several other major parades ensue.Revelers have maintained a tradition of exhibitionism throughout Mardi Gras, but its predominant role in the celebrations has been greatly exaggerated.